Accessibility Data visualisation Design Development

Guidelines for developing data visualisations on the web

Visualising data on the web is an elaborate task in an age where devices are multifarious, inclusive design is the responsible thing to do, and the multitude of tools and resources can become perplexing. This post describes the challenges that our team faced when working on a data visualisation project that needed to meet criteria […]

Design Development Mobile Strategy User experience

Responsive web design (RWD)

“Day by day, the number of devices, platforms, and browsers that need to work with your site grows. Responsive web design represents a fundamental shift in how we’ll build websites for the decade to come.”- Jeffrey Veen What is responsive web design? RWD is a web design technique aimed at creating sites that provide a […]

Content Design Mobile Strategy User experience

Designing mobile first

Ever heard comments that have gone something like… “The sort of tasks that users are performing are too complicated for mobile” “Analytics show our primary audience is desktop” “Users only want a desktop site” When desktop use vastly outweighs mobile it seems obvious to prioritise that as the primary medium. And following a strategy that […]

Design Development Pattern library User experience

Creating a pattern index

Following on from my previous post on taking a framework agnostic approach to documenting UI patterns I wanted to talk about creating a pattern index as a counterpart to a pattern library, or as a useful tool for anyone designing within a large web estate. The spark As with many things, an innocuous looking question […]

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Documenting UI design patterns

From the very beginning of the Jisc user experience and design project we knew that we didn’t want our pattern library to be just another framework. Bootstrap is widely used across our business and it’s fantastic for rapid development, but by its very nature it’s completely open to individuals interpretation of how to apply it. […]

Content Design User experience Website

What’s in a name

Following on from my previous post I wanted to explain the logic for the change of name on the project formally known as global experience language.   In CX partners initial assessment of our web estate they recommended that “Service mode sites should be made to feel consistent with other Jisc services using modules from […]

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Building a global experience language for Jisc

First up let me introduce myself as I’m new here. I’m Benjamin (not to be confused with Ben) and I have joined the team on secondment as user experience (UX) specialist. The main challenge in my new role is to lead on the creation of a global experience language (GEL) for Jisc – so that’s […]

Design Uncategorized User experience

Notes from the future

A few highlights from my first Future of Web Design which I attended on Tuesday 8 April 2014. “the best work you do may well be on a sketch pad” Paul Adams (@Padday) claims we’re all too often restricted by current tools, parameters and what we think is in the realm of the possible. In […]

Design User experience Website

Responsive in action

Thanks to Paul Stokes (@PuckOfPooksHill) for capturing this display at the recent Handheld Conference in Cardiff. Nice to see our responsive site being so… responsive!

Design Development Mobile

Becoming responsive

From the start, we wanted the new site design to be responsive. It was a no-brainer for us as a busy team to want to maintain one site and one set of content and not have a separate mobile site, as we had done previously. It is also a better experience for the user who […]